Not sure this is the correct place to ask, but I am looking for a printing company to produce notecards from our photos to sell. Does anyone have a recommendation for an on line service?
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#3. "RE: Printing notecards" | In response to Reply # 2esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Tue 12-Jun-12 11:17 PM | edited Tue 12-Jun-12 11:18 PM by esantos
I think she means what is otherwise known in the US as greeting cards. A folded affair with a nice image on the front and either a printed message or a blank space for writing your own on the inside.
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I sell note cards at our local Art Center in Los Alamos, NM, and that has proven to be a nice niche market. My cards are 5"x7", folded from 10"x7" and they sell well for $3.00 each (The Art Center keeps 35%).
I gave up on finding a printer that could supply note cards; there just doesn't seem to be anyone willing to sell small quantities at a reasonable price. My solution was to purchase high-quality 4x6 prints from Aspen Creek Photo (which sells nice Fuji prints for $0.29 + shipping) and place them in frame cards bought from Clearbags. These have blobs of glue for holding the 4x6 print behind the paper opening. I also buy envelopes and Crystal Clear (plastic) sleeves from Clearbags. All told, the cost for all those is about $0.65 per card, so the total cost is around one dollar per finshed card, with the envelope and plastic sleeve.
This approach is not an easy one because positioning the print inside the card takes care; you have only about 1/16 inch tolerance. I also like to place on the back of the card a self-stick label with the picture caption and my own contact info.
The resulting note card has a professional appearance and is substantial.
I recently purchased an Epson 4900 printer and that has changed my workflow for the better. I now buy pre-scored 7x10 Pecos Glossy blank cards with paper backing from Red River. I can print directly on one side of the card, with the photo on the bottom and the caption and my info on the top, inverted so it is correctly oriented after folding.
The cost of this approach is about $0.50 for the 7x10 paper and a 5.25x7.25 envelope, $0.05 for a sleeve, and about $0.25 for the ink, yielding a total of $0.80 per card.
This is a good solution as it produces high-quality note cards with oversize images (I chose 4.4x6.4 in order to leave a 0.3" border) printed on a glossy surface and avoids the handwork required by my previous technique.
Of course, this same approach could be used with smaller, less expensive printers.
By the way, the smallest sized paper that can be printed on with the Epson Pro 4900 is 8"x10". I have found I can print on smaller sheets, for example 7x10, by specifying 10" wide and 8" high, and using a block of wood to take up the space between the paper and cassette slider. Of course, I have to make sure the image is positioned correctly.